Team USA flag bearer Eddy Alvarez gets emotional surprise from his family on TODAY

“I can’t be any more proud,” his father said.

7/23/2021 8:02:00 PM

Team USA flag bearer Eddy Alvarez gets emotional surprise from his family on TODAY

“I can’t be any more proud,” his father said.

along with U.S. basketball star Sue Bird.“(It was) such an emotional moment for me, for my family, for my background,” he said on TODAY Friday when he joined the show live from Tokyo after the festivities.Flag bearers Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez lead Team USA out during the opening ceremony.

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Jamie Squire / Getty Images“Just to get the honor to represent the United States of America, to hold the flag, a symbol of liberty and freedom — my family came over to this country from Cuba in search of opportunity, and if it wasn’t for them doing that I wouldn’t be in the position that I am now, the privilege that I had to hold the flag and lead Team USA through the opening ceremony. I mean, this has been such a whirlwind of emotions.”

Alvarez said on TODAY that being a flag bearer was "an emotional moment."Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile via Getty ImagesHis big day wasn’t over, though, as his parents, Walter and Mabel, surprised him by joining the interview remotely, along with his wife, Gaby, and their 11-month-old son, Jett.

“You just made my night,” Alvarez said.

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